Pete Rose is one of baseball’s controversial figures, but he is also one of the sport’s all-time greats. Proof of his illustrious career can be seen in a variety of accolades, but in the early 1990s, Rose also added to his off-field infamy.
On this day, August 8th, in 1990, Pete Rose began serving a 5 month prison term for filing false income tax forms. Rose had pleaded guilty to failing to include income made from autographs, memorabilia and horse race winnings. The sentence was to be served at a medium security Prison Camp in Marion, Illinois.
Rose was released in early 1991 and was forced to pay more than $350,000 in back taxes and interest, along with 1000 hours of community service.